Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I hope this poster circles the globe.
If it weren't for the United States military,There'd be NO United States of America.
PLEASE DO NOT HOLD ONTO THIS, NOR PRESS DELETE.
SOMEONE HAS TO HOLD OUR COUNTRY IN THEIR HANDS. SEND THIS ON.
THE FINAL INSPECTION
The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.I've had to work most Sundays,And at times my talk was tough.And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fearsIf you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
~Author Unknown~It's the Soldier, not the reporterWho has given us the freedom of the press.It's the Soldier, not the poet,Who has given us the freedom of speech.It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensuresOur right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Have YOU read all of the self-help books...yet continue to remain unchanged , unhappy and suffering?
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2014 | Danville, California
EVENING SUN A WIDOW'S JOURNEY -
A Widow's Journey through an Emotional Rollercoaster Ride
Through her poems in Evening Sun, Aline Soules reflects on her journey through widowhood, chronicling her emotions--despair, anger, longing, love, and reconciliation.
She has been compelled to write about her emotional journey through widowhood over many years and now has a chance to share it. "Grief can draw us away from the world and into ourselves, but writing about the process helps to bring us back," says Aline.
This has also been a way for her to honor her husband. Their partnership was the greatest joy of her life and was grateful for their time together.
"Voice is so important in writing. Yes, there are different stories or different poems or different essays, but the voice that threads through them is what makes the writer unique."
Specific to Evening Sun and its emotional journey:
"While each of our grief journeys is unique, the widowed have something in common and I thought that these poems could resonate with others' experiences, perhaps helping people to feel less alone in their journeys."
I'd like to share one of her poems:
I've Changed My Mind
It's okay if you toss
your dirty coffee spoon
on the clean counter
or scatter grains of sugar
on the morning paper.
No problem if you leave your clothes in a heap,
the bed unmade.
Go ahead. Spatter
on the bathroom mirror.
let crumbs of styptic pencil
float to the floor.
Forget to flush
your secret cigarette butts
down the toilet.
I want to clean up after you,
scour bacon grease
off the stove, scrub
the ring out of the tub,
see your face in the mirror.
Aline Soules has an M.A. in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. She makes her living as a library faculty member at California State University, East Bay. She also teaches workshops, reads her work at events, runs an editorial business, and engages in professional voice work (reading and singing.)
For more information about her chapbook and other books: